Posts Tagged ‘family


this is getting old

Well, here we are again. IRP called at about 10:30 this morning in terrible pain. I ran her up to her doctor and he had her admitted to the hospital. The hospital was full, so it was nearly 3:00 by the time she got a room. Since then, we have been struggling to keep her out of pain and to get her to keep contrast liquid down. Finally, I decided to have the nurse tell IRP’s doctor that she was never going to be able to keep anything down unless he could get, and keep, her out of pain. The nurse had already come to this conclusion and informed the doctor. She was actually on the way to IRP’s room with a syringe full of morphine and the information that the scan would be performed without contrast fluid. They will be coming for IRP shortly. Please pray that the reason for the problem will be relatively mild and quickly solved. Thank you!~~TSG


our ways are not his ways…

IRP went into surgery at 1pm. At 3:15, the doctor came out to speak with us. The fistula has been successfully closed. However, IRP will have to deal with a colostomy for the rest of her life. There is simply not enough material left to reconnect her in the normal manner. In fact, the colon could not be stitched to the stoma today. A temporary plastic stent has been put in to allow for the growth of scar tissue. In three or four weeks, the doctor will use the scar tissue to complete the connection.

IRP has been dealing with the difficulties caused by Hirschsprung’s for her entire life in one way or another. This is the end of that. The permanent colostomy does not make any difference to her fiancé who says it is “just a thing” which has nothing to do with her as a person. 🙂 I asked the doctor about IRP’s main concern; would she be able to conceive and carry children. He said that she has the correct equipment and it is in fine shape. Should scar tissue prevent regular conception, there are other methods to conceive. Most importantly, she will be able to carry a child to term. It has always been IRP’s worst fear that her condition would make this impossible.

God’s ways are not ours, but I know they have a purpose. Please continue to pray for a quick recovery and return to normal life. As always, thank you!~~TSG


an urgent request for the prayer warriors in the audience

IRP needs surgery once more. She has developed a fistula and the doctor will have to repair it and give her a temporary ileostomy again. I will let you look up the meaning of ‘fistula’ for yourself if necessary. Suffice it to say that it has given her an infection and made life much worse for her. As you probably guessed, IRP is very tired of all of this. She tells me that, if there is even a chance of anything going wrong after this, she is just going to keep the ileostomy. I am praying for God to heal this breech before the surgeon has to. Please join me; IRP really needs this to be over. Thank you!~~TSG


To the Kidnappers of the Nigerian School Girls

How dare you call yourselves men?!

I know many men. They are fathers, brothers, husbands, sons, friends, co-workers and employers. Did you notice the word missing here, “kidnappers”? I will give you some more words; protectors, providers, supporters, teachers. Again, not kidnappers.

I know you believe that there are things wrong with the world, but real men don’t threaten children. Real men don’t traffic in human beings. Real men do not shoot random civilians.

I have provided this definition of “men” in the hope that you might read it and be ashamed of your behavior. Now, I am going to make an exception to my no-hashtag rule:




IRP’s surgery went very well. In fact, much better than I expected. This time, they managed to get her pain under control in the recovery room instead of having to send her up to the floor for others to try.

When the nurses were preparing the pad that is used to transfer patients from one bed to another, IRP announced that she could move herself. She hit the medication button on the suggestion of the nurse who had brought her up to her room and practically hopped right on over. She was doing so well with control of pain and nausea that instead of waiting until today, the doctor put her on liquids last night. Soft food should follow this afternoon and IRP may come home as early as tomorrow.

I want to thank God and each of you who brought IRP’s cause before Him. I really feel that this operation will be the last and IRP will finally have a normal bodily life.~~TSG


april 25

This is the date of (we hope and pray) the final surgery for IRP. The temporary ileostomy will be reversed and, after a few days of liquid and soft diets, she will have normal bowel function for the first time in her life. Please pray that all will go to plan. Thank you!~~TSG


well, here we are again

At about nine this morning, IRP called to tell me that she had a fever, was nauseous and had pain where the re-connection of her bowel was done. So, we are in the emergency room of the hospital waiting for tests to tell us what is up. The staff seems to think she may have an infection and a blockage. I certainly hope not, but it does seem likely given that these are the same symptoms she had the last time that happened. I am beginning to despair of ever getting IRP’s problem totally fixed. I am sure she is much more frustrated than I am, though. All prayers, good thoughts, etc. gratefully received.~~TSG